After a month of mulled wine, unwrapping presents and singing Auld Lang Syne, you may need a holiday from the festive season. For some people this means a strict set of weight loss, detox resolutions. Towards the end of January these resolutions begin to lose their appeal and as the cold digs in you may find yourself in need of some extra motivation. In this month's Top 10, we count down the best retreats to give a little spark to your new year detox.
Ulpotha, Sri Lanka
With a history that spans more than 2,000 years, Ulpotha is a portal into a different era - a time when the world was quieter and without electricity. The resort prides itself in being named the Best Yoga Retreat in the World (Observer Magazine), offering visitors an isolated getaway among the mountains, lakes and valleys of Sri Lanka. www.ulpotha.com
Lilianfells Blue Mountain Resort And Spa, Australia
For something a bit more conventional, The Lilianfells resort & spa is a slice of heaven served in the foothills of a eucalyptus forest. The five star resort takes the form of an old manor house, and offers a range of rejuvenating treatment packages: from massage therapy to volcanic stone treatment. Guests also have the option of going on hikes or bike rides in the surrounding hills.www.lilianfels.com.au
Les Sources de Caudalie, France
Just outside Bordeaux, you will enter the ancient vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Latiffe. Each room in this country estate has been tastefully decorated to emanate the casual balance that characterises the lifestyle in the South of France. Special wine treatments, skin therapies and bath treatments are the house specialty, to help peel those stressed layers off, while you unwind in the French countryside. www.sources-caudalie.com
Eurospa & Inn, Napa Valley, USA
Set in the lush and tranquil hillsides of Napa Valley, the Eurospa & Inn offers visitors a refreshing balance of luxurious hospitality and revitalising treatments, including natural hot springs (renowned for their healing properties), hot stone massages, mud wraps, aromatherapy, facials and body scrubs. When you are feeling more like your old self, the gorgeous Napa vineyards offer world class wine tasting tours. www.eurospa.com. Or to experience the tranquility of nature in a different way, why not head to Ohio, to experience one of the world's Top 10 Safaris.
Once used as a spiritual retreat for Buddhist monks, the island of Koh Sumai, Thailand, has been a place of quiet rejuvenation for centuries. The resort is surrounded by the lush, tropical beauty that makes Thailand such a special place - electric green forests, sacred caves, sandy beaches with palm trees and clear, blue water. Kamalaya carries this age old legacy by offering a selection of 'Wellness Programmes' that will have you feeling as good as new in no time. These include yoga, optimum fitness, detox, stress and burnout, weight loss or a combination of these. www.kamalaya.com
Carton House, Ireland
Located 14 miles outside of Dublin, Carton House offers guests a dose of crisp, clean country air. The treatment center is on the adjoining farm, where fish eagles can be seen scouring the lake for meals and wild deer roam across the green hillsides. Guests are treated to the Aveda Lodge's range of plant based treatments, which include facial and massage therapy, as well as a choice of meals that will restore balance to your life. www.cartonhouse.com.
The Complete Retreat, Spain
Your average day at the Complete Retreat includes yoga or a hike in the mountains, a choice of the most nutritious and healthy food ever grown, dips in the infinity pool to stave off the Mediterranean heat, and more detoxifying, delicious food. Set against the backdrop of a beautiful mountain range, this award winning detox spa is nothing short of exceptional. Their course of 'living' foods and juices will revitalize and restore your tired body after a long year at work. www.thecompleteretreat.com
Fortina Spa Resort, Malta
The highly impressive Fortina Resort offers over 200 specialized treatments, including acupuncture, massage therapy, thalasso and Hypogeum - amongst many, many others. With five star accommodation, the most most magnificent scenery and incredible facilities, you cannot help but feel relaxed. If you manage to get away from the solace of the resort, one of Europe's most unique cities waits for you to explore and enjoy it. www.fortinasparesort.com
Longevity Resort, Portugal
The Longevity Resort promotes an Ageing Management methodology, which aims at tackling lifestyle problems that lead to premature aging - a problem we all feel! You could not be in a more peaceful setting to unwind and discover a younger, more energetic you. A team of experts will lead you through a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating activities each day, while you enjoy all the resort has to offer during free time - an amazing golf course and panoramic views of the Algrave coast.
Natur-Med Thermal Springs And Health Resort, Turkey
Set along the Aegean coast, the Natur-Med Thermal Springs and Health Resort is an exotic wonderland that offers guests a luxurious and healthy break from reality. The daily routine of breathing exercises, sessions in the healing thermal springs, great food and an endless choice of therapy sessions/activities will make you wonder why we live a different way. The resort is staffed by medical professionals and trained experts, so you are in safe hands. www.natur-med.com